Dogon granary shutter (Front view)
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Item : Dogon granary shutter, Picture : Front view (approx. 28 Kbytes)


This shutter was placed midway up the granary wall, and provided access, throughout the year following harvests, to the goods stored inside (millet, sorghum, rice, corn, fonio). The Dogon granaries are narrow, four-sided or round, with a structure made of wood and covered with cob, and generally a thatch roof or a terrace roof (see pictures).
The very fine door lock is surmounted by an ostrich (ogotanala) or a stork. Associated to this animal, the small breasts, right upside the lock, are symbolizing the cultivation fertility. The patterns on the right side are representing land under cultivation in very abstract way. Shutters primarily protect the contents of the granaries by their symbolic presence. Sculpted by the blacksmith of the village for the hogon (spiritual chief) and notables, shutters are one of the major elements of Dogon art.

Object #2922

Origin :

Mali (Ireli, Bandiagara cliffs area)

Type :

Architectural components

Ethnic group :

Dogon

Material :

Brownish patinated wood

Size :

W = 17.1 inches; H = 17.3 inches

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